Game of Thrones reaches end with finale that leaves fans disappointed
After eight seasons and 73 episodes, HBO’s long-running smash series, Game of Thrones, wrapped up on Sunday, with one more shocking demise and an unlikely character named as king.
The last episode of the medieval fantasy based on the novels of George R.R. Martin ran roughly an hour and 20 minutes to conclude the storyline of more than a dozen characters and intertwining plots.
The fierce competition for the fictional Iron Throne — the seat for the show’s ruler, made of hundreds of swords — ended with a death and an unexpected choice to rule the fictional kingdom of Westeros.
The series had become the cornerstone of HBO’s prime-time offerings but its final season was also its most divisive, with both fans and critics finding specific plot twists, particularly the handling of one primary character, troubling.
HBO says the record-breaking final season drew 43 million viewers on average for each episode ...
Women honored at Cannes as gender parity drive draws scrutiny
Movie stars, including Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria, celebrated the role of women in cinema at a glitzy gala in Cannes on Sunday, amid a drive to promote gender equality in the industry that is still falling short of what many campaigners hoped for.
Cannes’ film festival, the world’s most important cinema showcase, last year signed a pledge to get an equal number of men and women in its top management by 2020 that is gradually gathering momentum at similar European and US events.
Actors and filmmakers participating in this year’s edition have joined activists in warning that while industry attitudes were changing, progress was still slow.
“We have so much work to do and I just think we can’t let up,” Longoria told journalists at the Women in Motion dinner at Cannes, part of a program set up by luxury group Kering to push for gender equality ...
Antonio Banderas says heart attack helped him reinvent himself
Antonio Banderas said a heart attack he suffered two years ago spurred him into a health kick but also allowed him to reinvent himself as an actor, including as he prepared to take on the lead role in Pedro Almodovar’s autobiographical new movie.
“It was fantastic advice for my life,” Banderas told Reuters in an interview in Cannes, where Almodovar’s “Pain And Glory” is vying for the French film festival’s top Palme D’Or prize.
“I don’t smoke anymore, I do more exercise than ever. I feel more clear in my brain and I kind of reinvented myself.”
The 58-year-old Spaniard, known for films like “The Mask of Zorro” and “Evita”, recently took on the role of painter Pablo Picasso in television drama “Genius”.
“I am reflecting very much about my acting career. And I feel very fresh and very new,” he said.
“Pain And Glory” ...